Ripe Avocados, Lime juice, Red Onions, Cilantro, Tomatoes and Serrano Peppers combine to form the best ever Mexican dip - Guacamole. Its a favorite party appetizer when served with Nachos or Tacos and Enchiladas for an easy Mexican dinner or Cinco De Mayo!
- Guacamole - A Mexican Classic Recipe
- What is Guacamole made of?
- Is Guacamole & Avocado the same thing?
- What does Guacamole taste like?
- Why is store bought Guacamole not good for you?
- How old is the Guacamole exactly?
- Ingredients for Easy Guacamole
- How to make Guacamole?
- STEP 3: Combine all other ingredients
- Variations For Guacamole
- How to tell if Avocado is ripe?
- Can I mix store bought Salsa with Mashed Avocados?
- Is Guacamole Vegan and Gluten free?
- How to store Guacamole?
- Secret way to store Guacamole
- Can I freeze Guacamole?
- Tips for making the best Guacamole ever!
- Can I replace Avocados in Guacamole with something else?
- Is Guacamole good for health?
- The Best Homemade Guacamole Recipe
Guacamole - A Mexican Classic Recipe
Guacamole is probably the most loved Mexican Dish ever!
If you've never tried Guacamole before you are seriously missing out the most amazing dip in the world.
What is Guacamole made of?
Guacamole is essentially a creamy and smooth as butter dip made using ripe Avocados, along with other ingredients - Serrano Peppers for spice, Roma tomatoes for tang, Red Onions for sweetness, Fresh Cilantro & Lime Juice - for freshness.
Is Guacamole & Avocado the same thing?
No. Avocado is a fruit while Guacamole is a dip made using mashed Avocados along with Lime Juice, Cilantro, Red Onions, Garlic & Tomatoes.
What does Guacamole taste like?
This bright Green Guacamole Dip is super creamy owing to Avocados.
Also its essentially zesty and refreshing because of Lime Juice and loads of fresh Cilantro.
Also, its a bit spicy because of Serrano Peppers. I love the crunch and tang due to Red Onions and Tomatoes!
You dip in your Nachos in this creamy Guacamole and the first reaction would be, wow! That's refreshing! It truly compliments the flavors of Nachos.
Also, top over your tacos and its going to make it so delicious and tasty!
Why is store bought Guacamole not good for you?
Sour Cream and other additives like added preservatives, added sweetness and lots of sodium are added in store bought Guacamole so its definitely unhealthy. So please make your Guacamole at home and forget store bought ones.
How old is the Guacamole exactly?
It's as old as the Aztecs, dating back to the 1500s.
During that time it was called as Ahucamulli by the Aztecs.
Then the Spaniards came across this wonderfully delicious green dip, and they liked it so much that they brought it back home.
But unfortunately avocados can't grow in Europe, so it was only in the 1900s that guacamole took off and took over the world subsequently.
Ingredients for Easy Guacamole
The ingredients for a basic Homemade Guacamole is easy to find almost everywhere.
Today's time is no longer the old days where Avocados are a exotic fruit available only in the Americas.
Avocados are now available all over the world at very reasonable prices.
As for the other ingredients, they are pretty run of the mill and should be available at any nearby grocery store.
- Avocados (ripe)
- Onions (preferably Red)
- Tomatoes (Preferably Roma Tomatoes)
- Serrano peppers
- Garlic cloves (minced)
- Freshly cracked black pepper
- Cilantro leaves (finely chopped)
- Lime juice
- Olive oil
- Kosher salt
See recipe card for quantities. Also watch the video for a quick visual.
How to make Guacamole?
Making Guacamole is so simple that you'll wonder why you ever bought the market stuff.
With just a few simple steps you'll have fresh Guacamole ready to be served with your Nachos and Tacos.
Just follow the instructions down below and it shouldn't take you more than twenty minutes to get this Guacamole ready!
STEP 1: Cut the Avocados
- Cut them in halves, remove the pit using the side edge of the knife, and take out the pulp with a spoon.
- You'll just need the pulp.
- Chop up this Pulp so that it makes for a smooth and creamy paste.
STEP 2: Next let's prepare the other ingredients
- Finely chop up Onions, Tomatoes and Serrano peppers.
- Crush the garlic cloves as well or use a garlic presser to press out garlic.
STEP 3: Combine all other ingredients
- Take a large bowl and combine all the ingredients in it, including the seasonings and olive oil.
- Squirt some Lime juice as well into the mixture.
- Use a big spoon to mix everything.
- While you are mixing make sure you mash the Avocado with the back of your spoon or using two forks. This will make sure that your Guacamole comes out nice and creamy.
- Your Guacamole is now ready!
- You can serve it now with fresh Cilantro leaves on top as garnish or store it away for future use!
Variations For Guacamole
Guacamole is already great in its authentic version, but there's still plenty of variations you can do to make it your own.
I'll suggest a few beginning variations to get you started on experimenting with Guacamole!
- Grate Parmesan cheese on your Guacamole and put it in the oven for a few minutes for the cheese to melt. Then sprinkle freshly chopped Basil on top along with a drizzle of extra lemon juice. Try this cheesy version of Guacamole with your nachos. You'll absolutely love it!
- Roast your Tomatoes, Garlic and Onions before mixing up all the ingredients. You'll get a Guacamole that's both smoky and creamy in flavor!
- Guacamole can be on the sweeter side as well. Just add chopped mangoes and pineapple to the mix for a tropical Guacamole!
- Do you like both Hummus and Guacamole? Then why not have them together in one bowl! Just blend Tahini and Chickpeas with your Guacamole and you'll get a killer combination you wished you had tried before!
How to tell if Avocado is ripe?
Press the Avocado. If it does not give, its raw. If it gives a little its ripen and perfect for use. If it gives a lot, its probably stale and not fresh for use.
Can I mix store bought Salsa with Mashed Avocados?
Yes absolutely. To make a quick and hassle free Guacamole, just combine Mashed Avocados with any store bought salsa and bam! Its right there!
Is Guacamole Vegan and Gluten free?
YES! Guacamole is absolutely Vegan and free of Gluten.
It is also possibly among the healthiest dips out there.
Avocados are extremely good for your health and are packed with nutrition. So it's completely okay if you want to have this homemade guacamole every single day!
How to store Guacamole?
Storing Guacamole can be a little tricky, as it can be quick to turn brown if left on its own for too long.
This is because of oxidation.
The moment the inside of Avocados come in contact with air, oxidation begins to happen and soon enough your Guacamole will turn brown.
To avoid this, you just have to make sure your Guacamole does not come into contact with outside air. And I’ll tell you exactly how to do it!
- Always store Guacamole in an airtight container when keeping it in your refrigerator. This will keep outside air away from Guacamole.
- Add a lot of Lime juice in your Guacamole. The acid and Vitamin C in it will fight against the oxidation.
Secret way to store Guacamole
- The most foolproof method of storing Guacamole is to simply put water over it. Sounds weird, right?
- Then let me explain it to you!
- Just store your Guacamole in a container. Then put a quarter inch layer of water on top of it. Then seal the container tight and keep it in the fridge. The water will keep all air away from guacamole, This way you can store it with its nice green color for up to three days. When you want to use the guacamole, just drain the water away!
Can I freeze Guacamole?
Guacamole is very easy to freeze and it is the best way to preserve it for a really long duration.
Just remember a few pointers down below before you freeze Guacamole!
- Guacamole with chunky and too many watery ingredients like onions and tomatoes does not freeze well.
- So if you are planning to freeze Guacamole, make sure you keep it simple with little water content inside it.
- Use airtight zip lock bags to freeze your Guacamole. Press it flat inside the bag and seal it tight to keep the air away.
- You can now safely keep these bags in the freezer of your fridge for up to three months.
- When you want to use your frozen guacamole just let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator before use.
Tips for making the best Guacamole ever!
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- Use ripe Avocados. It's easy to take pulp out of them and it also mashes easily into the Guacamole.
- If you are not planning to free Guacamole, then make it chunky and not smooth like a paste. Chunky guacamole has a better texture and more bursts of flavors.
- Use fresh ingredients. Don’t use anything out of a can. Fresh onions and tomatoes along with freshly squeezed lime juice is the best choice for your Guacamole.
- Add a lot of lime juice to keep your Guacamole green for a long time!
- Don’t make your Guacamole too ahead of time, as that leaves the risk of it turning brown faster unless you store it right away. It's best to consume Guacamole right when it is still fresh.
Can I replace Avocados in Guacamole with something else?
Yes, there is no shame in replacing Avocados in a guacamole! You can instead use Pesto, Hummus, or Edamame beans if you want to keep the green colour!
Is Guacamole good for health?
Guacamole’s main ingredient is Avocados, which is already a very healthy super food packed with antioxidants and nutrition.
Guacamole also contains fresh vegetables and lime juice, which is a good source of vitamins. So yes, Guacamole is very healthy for you!
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The Best Homemade Guacamole Recipe
- 2 large Avocados ripe
- 2 medium sized Serrano Peppers or 1 medium sized jalapeno (finely chopped)
- ¼ teaspoon Kosher Salt
- ½ teaspoon Cracked Black Pepper
- 2 tablespoon Cilantro finely chopped
- ½ medium sized Roma Tomato finely chopped
- 1 medium sized Red onion finely chopped
- 2 cloves Garlic pressed
- 1 tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice
- ½ tsp Olive Oil
- Cut the Avocado in half. Remove the pit using the sharp edge of knife. Scoop out the flesh of the Avocado using a spoon. Keep in a large mixing bowl. Mash the Avocado using a fork. Don't overdo it if you want it a little chunky.
- Add all other ingredients in the mixing bowl - Salt, Cracked Pepper, Olive Oil, Red Onion, freshly chopped Cilantro& Lime Juice. Mix using a fork. Taste and use Serrano Peppers. First use one. Mix it with the Guacamole. If its not spicy enough, then add the next one.
- Serve immediately. If storing, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you serve. Garnish with chopped Tomatoes, finely chopped Red Onions, Lime Wedges, jigama strips, red radishes, and a sprig of Cilantro leaf.